Bompas & Parr

Edible Biography Banquet

The legendary tale of Australia’s first brewer James Squire, brought to life with gastronomic innovation and theatrical flair.
Edible Biography Banquet

Disruptive, performative and delicious

Sydney, 2016: At Sydney’s Cell Block Theatre of Darlinghurst Gaol, the legendary tale of Australia’s first brewer, James Squire, was brought to life in the world’s first ‘Edible Biography’.

A seven-course feast drew inspiration from James Squire’s richly varied life story, as guests relived his journey from criminal to Australia’s most celebrated brewer – a story told through theatrical performances and gastronomic wonder.

Set-piece moments included:

  • invitations that opened with a surprising gunpowder snap

  • an indoor thunderstorm, complete with hop-flavoured nitrogen clouds

  • a literal interpretation of James Squire's One Fifty Lashes beer, with meat tenderised with a live Cat o’ Nine Tails lashing

  • an enormous funeral procession that introduced the  final course of cheese in a coffin.

The menu channelled traditional 18th Century fare, with a contemporary twist – and each course paired with beer from  the range, sometimes served as cocktails.

Photography by Dominic Loneragan.